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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I Took A Cooking Class In Paris

Today was our first full day in Paris.  We started  off by walking a few blocks from our apartment,  to a charming restaurant called, “REED,” owned by a lovely French chef Catherine Reed……..

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(Notice the backwards “E”? Simple graphics always make such a wonderful statement.)

Inside this charming restaurant we met the lovely,and beautiful Catherine Reed, owner and chef……

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(She is holding a bouquet that she put together using flowers she purchased on the famous Paris street, Rue Cler.)

Once inside her lovely establishment we could feel the warmth, and charm from not only her, but the actual restaurant itself…….

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Catherine began to explain what we would be cooking today. She has such a warm, and easy way about her……

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She explains that our meal will consist of:

Artichokes, Barigoule style
Mushroom stuffed boneless chicken thighs, and roasted chicken breast
Mashed red potatoes
Romaine lettuce wedge with vinaigrette
Rustic strawberry shortcake

We entered the kitchen to begin our prepping….

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(Notice the beautiful marble topped sideboard that holds the desserts. Just look at the gorgeous black La Canache stove.)

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Here we are prepping the Jerusalem artichokes for our appetizers.

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My sweet Hubby was in charge of the porcini, and chanterelle mushrooms. I must say with Catherine’s direction he did a fabulous job!

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Our finished artichoke appetizer! It was so delicious, if I do say so myself. Bacon, mushrooms, garlic and a garnish of spring onions and large shaves of Parmesan cheese!

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The finished product!! De-boned chicken thighs stuffed with mushrooms, mashed red potatoes, and a wedge salad with vinaigrette. 

Even though we all participated in the cooking, we owe our beautiful meal to Catherine Reed!!

We finished off our meal with a rustic strawberry shortcake. Catherine added a touch of orange zest to the batter, and it was just the right touch…..

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I was amazed at how many little tid-bits of information Catherine gave us. 

If you ever go to Paris I highly recommend a cooking class with Catherine Reed. She is so relaxed,personable and might I add, adorably talented.

We enjoyed it so much we went back for two more wonderful meal as guest…………

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This is Kathysue signing off from Paris!


When In Paris be sure to go to REED for a wonderful meal, or better yet, a wonderful meal, and a cooking class…….

11 bis rue Amelie
75007 Paris
phone # 01 45 55 88 40

 To make a reservation:


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Kathysue, I am so thrilled you guys are having such fun and experiencing so many different things. You and DH look so good. How fun. Can't wait to hear more and see more pics. Hugs, Marty

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

Wow... you're the next Julia!

The enchanted home said...

How fun! And what could be more fun or glamorous than doing it in Paris!! And what a sweet trooper your hubby is...not to mention your creation looks AMAZING!!!!!!

Thanks for sharing, so glad you are having such fun.

Unknown said...

Ahhh! Such a fun experience. My most favorite memory of being in Paris was taking a bottle of wine, bread, salami and cheese close to the Eiffel tower and having a picnic waiting for the lights to come on {plus we didn't have two dimes to rub together and it was a price performer!} Enjoy your time!!!

Sarah said...

Kathy Sue, what a wonderful hands-on experience. You are enjoying the best this city has to offer. I've stayed in the 7th many times. You are in a perfect location! Can't wait to hear and see more of your trip.

michele said...

girl, you know i will eat up all your tips! thanks for keeping us in the loop, and continue to live it up!


carolyn bradford said...

I was so excited for you when I read this..how fun! I wish my husband would do this as well! He would if I asked but I can't imagine him actually doing the cooking! Your husband did an amazing job! please keep posting on your trip! It looks like an amazing one and one that the two of you will remember always!

Linda in AZ * said...

*** Looks like y'all are having THE TIME OF YOUR LIVES!!!! And am soooo happy to hear you're doing things OTHER than the regular "touristy stuff" (which of course, IS a must, but mixing it all up is the WAY TO GO. IMHO!!!). SMART move, girlfriend!!!

And BTW, Y.O.U look M*A*H*H*H*H*V*E*L*O*U*S!!!!

Big hugs and "muawwww"!!!


Linda Hartong said...

Thanks for sharing the experience with us.

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

now, this looks like a blast! I would love to do this on my next trip to Paris. the chef's wonderful warmth just pops out of my monitor, too! BTW, you should make that picture of you, with your hubs, your new profile pic!

Elizabeth "Libby" Day said...

What a fun and delectable thing to do!

Melinda said...

How wonderful, what a marvellous experience. Not just to eat in a gorgeous Parisian restaurant but to learn to cook there as well. What a treat. Food looks delicious and no doubt you came away with lots of tips. Paris looks beautiful. Enjoy your trip.

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

I have always wanted to do that...how fun!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

How neat! Love the picture of you two. Have fun!

Victoria said...

A cooking class in Paris...what a wonderful idea. It looks like you two are making the most of your vacation. I am very happy for you.
XO, Victoria

Unknown said...

What a dream day in Paris! You are so fortunate Kathysue! Love the meal, and that kitchen!! Enjoy your wonderful stay.

Mary Ann Pickett said...

You look so gorgeous...what a fun time.

Tricia said...

So cool that you were able to do this! That last photo of you is my favorite, looking good my friend.

Penny said...

I too took Catherine's class back in June when we were in Paris. It was the highlight of my trip. Great post.

Schnitzel and the Trout said...

My friend, Penny, above, sent me to your blog. We are eating at Reed November 3, but do not have time for a class. Just 3 short days in Paris after 2 weeks in Provence. I am enjoying your blog, walking through your home and getting to know you. Susan